The campaign of a married Harlem pastor running for city comptroller paid $189 to the online dating site eHarmony last month, a charge the campaign attributes to debit-card theft.
City campaign filings posted on Monday show that the April 24 payment from the account of Michel Faulkner, a former New York Jets football player, was refunded the same day.
Campaign spokesman Ken Frydman called it a “fraudulent charge” that was reversed by TD Bank. EHarmony confirmed the refund.
The payment was first reported by PoliticoNY (paywall).
Monday’s filings also showed that Mayor de Blasio’s campaign raised nearly $670,000 in the latest two-month period — about half coming from donors outside New York City.
With expenses of roughly $384,000, that put de Blasio’s estimated campaign balance at $2.5 million — before matching funds.
His campaign team said he has raised more than the $6.9 million primary spending limit when the 6-to-1 public matching funds are included.
Since kicking off her bid for mayor two weeks ago, Staten Island Assembly member Nicole Malliotakis has raised $94,624, the filings show.
Among the Republican’s biggest supporters is former GOP mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis. The billionaire Gristedes supermarket mogul and his wife, Margo, gave Malliotakis $5,350.
The Sergeants Benevolent Association, the police union that has sparred with de Blasio throughout his tenure, gave Malliotakis $4,900.
The campaign of her Republican primary challenger, real-estate mogul Paul Massey, said it raised more than $550,000.
Democratic contender Sal Albanese said he has taken in a total of $83,438.
Source: NY Post
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